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Cambridge man undergoes new CDC-guided testing for COVID-19, test returns negative

Jay Kolls
Updated: March 10, 2020 08:25 AM
Created: March 09, 2020 10:27 PM

A man in Cambridge told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he had not traveled to another country and had not been exposed to anyone affected by COVID-19.

However, he was tested by a physician for the disease under new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The man, whose identity KSTP agreed to protect, said his test results came back negative, but his physician told him he was going to test for the COVID-19 disease because the CDC had released new guidelines.

"I was kind of shocked because I had not traveled out of the country," the man said. "But I want to be sure. When the COVID-19 tests came back negative, I was glad I went through all of it."

He told KSTP he suffered severe flu-like symptoms the first week of March and was tested for influenza and pneumonia at a clinic in Cambridge over the weekend. 

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A spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health said the CDC had made some changes in its guidance for clinicians.

"The CDC on March 4 changed their guidance for evaluating and reporting persons under investigation for COVID-19, which included guidance on who should be tested and when. Subsequently, on March 5 MDH sent a notice to health care providers in the state that provided links to new guidance for evaluating, testing and reporting COVID-19 in Minnesota," MDH said in a statement. "In that guidance, we said that clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested…but clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other respiratory illness before testing for SARS-CoV."

So far, MDH said there had been 82 people tested for COVID-19. Two of those tests have returned positive. 


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